Welcome Dr. Melissa Maginnis to the CUGR Team

The Center for Undergraduate Research would like to welcome Dr. Melissa Maginnis as our Associate Director! As a team we look forward to working along side her to provide a wide variety of research opportunities for the UMaine student body.. We are more than happy to have her as an addition to our team!

Dr. Melissa Maginnis has been appointed as Associate Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) effective July 1st,  2020.  “Dr. Maginnis is one of our most active and engaged faculty mentors, with demonstrated high quality research as evidenced by the number of highly competitive awards won by her students,” said Assistant Vice President Abedi who directs CUGR. “We are excited to welcome Dr. Maginnis to CUGR and look forward to further growth of CUGR under her leadership.”

Dr. Melissa Maginnis, a recently-tenured faculty member in the Department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences, joined the UMaine faculty in 2014. She is a virologist, and her laboratory is focused on understanding the cellular and molecular basis of viral disease. Defining how viruses recognize and invade cells within the host can ultimately elucidate targets for novel antiviral therapies to prevent or treat viral illnesses. “My research program is focused on viral disease, a significant human health issue, which also provides excellent student training opportunities.” “We now all understand the impact that viruses can have on human health and our lives in general due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is critical that we continue to research viral disease so that we can advance our knowledge in this area to be prepared for future viral outbreaks.”  Dr. Maginnis has served as the Lead of the UMS COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Board since April to guide a team of UM and USM researchers to provide science-based evidence for the safe planning of the potential future of the UMS.